Adopting a pet from a shelter or home can be very rewarding for both you and your pet – you add a new member to your family, while at the same time you are saving a life. Consider the following when you look into this option:
- Your vet should be able to supply contact details of organisations and shelters in your area.
- You are usually required to have an interview where the procedure can be explained in more detail and you have the chance to ask questions too.
- When going to view a pet, it is often a good idea to take the rest of your family with you as well – this allows you to judge how the animal will react with people of different ages and genders. This is particularly important when children are involved.
- Consider re-homing an older pet, where the character may be known and is probably already trained.